Equality March Takes Place June 11
Are you ready to march, again? Several national movements are coming to the nation's capital this spring to bring awareness to communities under attack by the Trump Administration. Groups are eager to replicate the success of the Women's March on Washington and keep the progressive movement growing.
March for Science
This past month, Donald Trump signed an executive order limiting the federal government’s enforcement of climate regulations. Prior to that, he released a budget that would cut $2.5 billion from the Environmental Protection Agency, which includes firing 25 percent of its workforce. “When institutions of any affiliation skew, ignore, misuse or interfere with science, we have to speak out," organizers of the March for Science stated on its website. The movement will march and rally on Saturday, April 22, in more than 400 cities across the planet. "The march is explicitly a political movement, aimed at holding leaders in politics and science accountable,” they stated. Folks are encouraged to show up at the National Mall at 8 a.m. The event kicks off at 9 a.m. Register at marchforscience.com/rsvp/.
Peoples Climate Movement
In March, Donald Trump also signed an executive order allowing the Keystone XL pipeline to move forward, despite concerns about disturbing sacred Tribal lands, possible oil spills, and future carbon emissions. The Peoples Climate Movement will protest this and other recent actions with a march on Saturday, April 29. The march will advocate for various demands, including solutions to the climate crisis; protection of clean air, water, land and healthy communities; stopping attacks on immigrants, communities of color, indigenous and tribal people and lands and workers; and protecting our basic rights to a free press, protest and free speech. March organizers are still confirming final details on the exact route. However, it will be near the White House, the National Mall, and the Capitol. Register at peoplesclimate.org/#sign-up
May Day Action
The New York Times has reported that the Department of Homeland Security under the Trump Administration is going after and deporting non-violent offenders more aggressively. The administration is currently seeking bids to start building a wall along the southern border. On May 1, the May Day Action: Immigrants and Workers March will take place from 2 to 6 p.m., beginning at Dupont Circle and marching down to Lafayette Square, between H Street and 17th Street, N.W. "The Trump administration’s criminalization of immigrants is not only an assault on the civil rights of communities of color but a dangerous path that is already having dramatic consequences in communities across the country as hate crimes against immigrants and those perceived to be foreigners continue to spread," stated organizers on their website. To register, visit maydayaction.com/.
Equality March for Unity & Pride
From withdrawing guidance that allows Transgender students access to appropriate facilities in public schools to no longer requiring federal contractors to prove they are not discriminating against LGBT workers, the Trump Administration is reversing gains the LGBT community made under the Obama Administration. The community is responding with several marches across the country on Sunday, June 11. The Equality March for Unity and Pride will run from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the National Mall. Permits have already been submitted, but details are still being worked on by organizers. Learn more at facebook.com/
At this time, the Gertrude Stein Democratic Club has not endorsed any marches, but members have individually signed up to participate.